It is often recommended that during the last half of
pregnancy, 200-300 additional calories be added daily and
breastfeeding mothers increase that by 200-300 calories
more. This recommendation is based upon the estimated amount
of calories during pregnancy remains unchallenged, recent
studies suggest that the number of calories needed by
breastfeeding women is less than previously believed.
Breastfeeding mothers should strive for a calorie intake of
2000-2200 calories per day. Protein and calcium, two
requirements for which there is increased need during
lactation, should be emphasized. The chart included at the
end of this information will show quantities and types of
foods suggested in the daily diet of the breastfeeding
It is important that the breastfeeding mother drink to
satisfy her thirst. Fluids can include water, fruit juices,
vegetable juices, milk and soup. It is a good idea for the
mother to get into the habit of drinking during each
nursing. When the mother is drinking enough, her urine will
be clear to pale yellow.
Prenatal vitamins prescribed during pregnancy can be
continued during breastfeeding. If mother is taking an iron
supplement, it will be utilized more completely if taken
with a citrus fruit or juice.
TO THE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES MAIN PAGE